Ardell, Donald B.
December 2004
Electronic Ardell Wellness Report (E-AWR);12/24/2004, Issue 263, p1
The article discusses the trends relating to health and aging. The current life expectancy hovers around 77 years, a bit less for men, more for women. Life got better, and a bit longer, for the proverbial masses around the turn of the last century, due to better nutrition and an assortment of public health advances, particularly antibiotics, sanitation measures that controlled air and water borne diseases, immunizations and a modicum of health education. Here is a partial summary of trends that will require changes in social security, Medicare and other safety-net traditions that have been in place for more than half a century.


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